Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge
It's that time of year again. The days are shorter and colder. We retreat to the warm confines of our respective hobby warrens and busily prepare for the bacchanal of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge version X.Yes this is the 10th Challenge and I'm really stoked. If I must say, I do have a rather ambitious plan, which will be revealed in good time. I can say that its never been done before....
Happy Halloween everyone! I know this is a day late but we were having internet issues given the winds here on the Chesapeake Bay.This year we had our traditional one group of trick-o-treators (the neighbors boys). It was just me this year manning the door as MB was on her way to Chicago to speak at a conference. What moron schedules a professional conference on Periodontics the day after halloween? That's just mean.Fall has finally arrived here on the Eastern Shore, which means wonderful weather for the last few sailing days and signals the beginning of prep work for this year's version of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge - issue #10.I've got a rather audacious idea for this years challenge that will end in either triumph or ignominy - perhaps both! What is it? Well you'll just have to wait to see.....
Challenge IX was very different for me on several fronts. As mentioned earlier, I posted a personal high of 5,051 points and came in second overall - that's a pretty big achievement right there. As the chart on the right indicates a lot of the points production was backloaded. That wasn't me being cheeky but rather the reflects that scenery projects take a lot longer to get to a completed state. With figures you can post them as they're done in small groups but with scenery it's just not done until it's done.The other big change is what was painted during this challenge. Usually my topics of choice are 28mm scale and fall into either the American Civil War or WW2. Challenge IX was very different as it was dominated by two different topics - 15mm Napoleonics and Scenery which combined for 83% of my production over the winter. as shown in the chart below: Challenge IX Points Distribution: 15 MM Napoleonics Points Percent
Challenge IX is in the books - and it was a grand event. I posted a personal best of 5,051 points and came in second overall, so I'm pleased with this year's productivity.The other big plus is that I've painted just about everything I need for this summer's Historicon games. More on that topic in a future post.There was some 28mm stuff painted also and a lot of terrain.Now where to store all this stuff...
Continuing the real estate-theme of this portion of the Challenge - I now present 8 28mm Western themed buildings. All of these kits are from Sarissa Precision and are very nice. There are six Mexican themed buildings (I got the Mexican village pack) and two more general purpose - a large barn and a foundry.A close up of four of the Mexican themed buildings 2 houses in the back, a small jail (front left) and a catina (front, right).The jail even has 3 cells! It's just screaming for a jail break gameThe village has a rather large bank. - too be honest it's a lot larger than the other buildings so will look a little out of place but it's still a nice kit.A small adobe churchThe two more generic buildings are the large barn and a foundry. I still need to do some detailing on these buildings but I suspect you'll see them at Cold Wars in a American Civil War setting.There are a "few" more real estate projects for this years Challenge
I've embarked upon yet another sectional terrain project. Why? The likely answer is because I'm nuts. The reason I tell most people is that I just prefer sectional terrain to terrain cloths. Terrain cloths aren't "bad", it's just I don't like how they don't stay flat. The fist pictures shows 2 of the boards with some testing for ground cover.This third iteration of terrain squares are based on a 24 x24 inch base size. To make them easier to transport they are only one inch in height, which is plenty of room for terrain depressions like craters, rivers and trenches.Why 2x2? It's the Goldilocks principal - my first iteration used mostly 2x4 panels which I found two hard to both transport and store. The second iteration used 1ft x 1ft precut panels for Sally Forth which is a great product but I found them tedious to set up and I've got a good workshop to build my own. 2x2 ft seems "just right".If you don't have access to power tools the Sally Forth stuf
Hoi,No less than 3 post are live on the Challenge site.Two earlier ones (dating February 12th) are these:- Heroquest- GI Joe vehiclesToday the Water feature bonusround went live, so a vote would appreciated Look for "SanderS All aboard!" in the list of links to the right of your screen in the webversion of your device.
No Peninsular war collection is completed without some Spanish buildings and I've built 8 so far from two very different sources.4 3D printed buildings that came out pretty good. I printed then at 0.2mm layers so you can see the striations but it's not that bad. They were printed using PLA and paint up really well.The next four buildings are laser cut kits from Empires at War and they are spectacular - the detail is amazing and they are pretty much pre-painted.I've got some more of these to build up over the next few days
My latest submission for this year's Challenge is more figures and a saloon for Gunghighter Ball.I enjoyed painting the batch of figures I got from the Kickstarter that I purchased some more factions from Knuckleduster - The James Gang in the front and the "Cowboys" in the back. The latter group were the enemies of the Earps in the movie Tombstone. The Earps will make an appearance in the challenge in the final bonus round - "Fellowship".Some general townspeople and characters in the back row. The guy in the tub is really funny.Some characters that may or may not have been inspired by a certain movie depicting the rough and tumble world of Real Estate development on the Old West.The "Alamo Saloon" also came with the kickstarter. In addition to putting out the rules and figures, Forrest over at Knuckleduster also has some really nice building kits. These kits are laser cut wood for the structures with metal and resin detail parts. They are very nicely done an
Knuckleduster Miniatures ran a successful Kickstarter for a new American West themed game: Gunfighters Ball. I've really enjoyed reading the rule book and painting up the fantastic minis that were produced for the line. These are "heroic-scale" 28mm so really closer to 30-32mm and are wonderfully sculpted. The masters for all the minions were created in CAD and then 3D printed. Even my very limited painting skills can make these figures look great.I'll do some future posts about the game after I've played a few rounds with the club but I'm really excited about the rules. This is that rare kickstarter that has not disappointed in any way.The Hotel in the picture is from Sarissa Precision. the GB line also comes with some of it's own buildings which you'll see over the next few weeks.
It has been brought to my attention by a few misguided souls that I haven't given any numerical updates on my progress during this year's Challenge. To be honest, these "spreadsheet groupies" kind of scare me and they were likely those kids back in school who reminded the math teacher they forgot to assign homework.Since I want to make everyone happy, as the Geeks Lair is certainly a big tent, here is the update through week 7. I know its a graph of almost in decipherable complexity. Let's break it down into it's two components. The two bars relate to this year's Challenge, with the red bar being my plan and the blue actual progress. As you can see, I'm slightly ahead at 1,925 points* vs a plan level of 1,617.The lines on the graph are the points progressions of Challenges 5-8 and you can see Challenge IX is pretty much in the middle of the pack as of the approximate halfway point. In terms of painting, the focus has been of finishing up what I need for the Historicon game this summer,
A short update on the Painting Challenge - first some British (and one Spanish) General. All the figures are AB Miniatures and desire a painter with much better skills than me,and a whole bunch of French and British crew stands for the ships that have been built to date.These figures are all from Thoroughbred Miniatures and were a lot of fun to paint up. I base them two to a stand for the ship to ship combat rules I'm adapting for the upcoming Historicon game.Only one ship and crew set for the game remains to be completed!
Another 15mm painting updateFrench Generals - the figures are from Old Glory's Blue Moon line and were a lot of fun to paint up. The larger the base, the higher the command level. These 9 command stands join another 4 that I purchased pre-painted from GAJO.Spanish artillery - AB figures and Old Glory guns.AB figures are simply superb.6 French Limbers for Old Glory. Wonderful figures and very cost effective but I really don't like painting limbers. Got some Austrian Limbers to also paint up.One of two 15mm scale Sarissa European Buildings. I highly recommend the kits.I "need" to get some more!
HoiMeanwhile my second post for the Challenge has been online for some time now. So you might want to drop in and have a peak.HERECheers Sander
Not everything in this year's challenge will be 15mm scale - and to prove that point here are two 28mm WW2 vehicles. The first one is a British Staghound armored car. It's a Resin model from Blitzkrieg miniatures with plastic detail parts from a Rubicon kit.Next up is a 76mm Sherman Tank (one can NEVER have too many Shermans in ones collection). This is a plastic kit from Rubicon which I highly recommend - it's an excellent model.OK back to 15mm Napoleonics...